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The Western Maryland Scenic to Revisit Operations in 2021

CUMBERLAND, MD- ​COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on Allegany County’s most visual, audible, and ground-shaking community drivers: The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR). Like many businesses in the region, the Western Maryland has endured an abrupt shutdown and subsequent restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the railroad studied how guidelines and precautions could be…

Two Great Ways to Support 1309!

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We’re pleased to announce two great ways to support the ongoing work to restore 1309! Our brand new online gift store is now offering 1309 Merchandise, including an attractive 1309 hat and mug! Click here to start shopping. Starting August 1st, all donations of $100 or more will be entered to win a chance to…

End of a journey – and the start of another

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Sometimes on a long journey, it’s impossible to know just how far you’ve come until you’re almost at the end. And the long adventure of breathing life back into Western Maryland steam locomotive no. 1309 is nearing an important conclusion.

Emery Trust grants $50,000 toward finishing 1309 restoration

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From Trains Magazine:

CUMBERLAND, Md. — The Emery Rail Heritage Trust and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad are pleased to announce the trust has issued a special mid-year grant of $50,000 to help complete 2-6-6-2 No. 1309 as part of the “Steam the Last Baldwin” fundraising campaign.